Marvel at the splendour of a magical forest on the slot from Max Win Gaming, powered by the Silver Bullet platform from Relax Gaming. The newest addition to the platform has been busy developing games and presents after Fruit Strike their second creation. Splendour Forest is adding an unseen twist to the “Book of …” mechanic that can lead to multiple expanding symbols being active in the free spins round where you can win up to 5,000 times your bet.
Splendour Forest is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 10 fixed pay lines. Wins are paid for two to three matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Enter the enchanted world on desktop, mobile or tablet from 0.10 to 100 credits per spin. The game is highly volatile as any other “expanding symbol” slot with an RTP of 95.04%, which is slightly below the usual average.
A fairytale forest with lush greenery is in the background of an intricately golden ornamented game window which continues on the premium symbols in silver colour. A female wizard and variety of typical props dominate the reels. An enchanted soundtrack is adding more suspense to the gameplay.
Open the game to find the card royals from 10 through to A at the low end of the paytable, awarding 8x to 15x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by acorns, magic mushroom, lanterns and the female wizard. Hit five on a line to win 50x to 500x your stake.
A golden magic tree serves in a dual function as the wild and scatter symbol. It substitutes for all regular symbols and triggers the bonus round when sufficient land on a spin.
With no random or other bonus features, it is all about the Free Spins round with the expanding symbol mechanic on this slot. Hitting golden tree scatters on reels one, three and five in one spin to trigger 10 free spins, which can be re-triggered indefinitely. Contrary to other “Book of …” slots, there is no coin win awarded for three to five scatters but there is a new twist for the selection of the expanding symbol.
The game will lead to a second screen with nine covered tiles. You can initially pick one to reveal the expanding symbol for the free spins. However, you will get more picks should you uncover +1 Pick with your selection. The maximum is five expanding symbols which will be active for the entire feature. A retrigger of the free spins will not offer additional picks.
Initially, I was quite reluctant to write a review for this slot. The main reason is that we experience currently an influx of newcomers to the market who rarely add something exciting into the hotly contested online gaming world as the first release from Max Win Gaming, Fruit Strike, has proven. The total number of providers has surged well past 250 who in one or other way are vying for a place on the front pages of the casino lobbies. While we at GMBLRS welcome new studios, we take first a “wait and see” approach to get a feeling whether a new developer shows indeed creativity that would enhance our gaming experience.
Well, Splendour Forest did indeed catch my eye as it is an unseen variation of the “Book of …” mechanic. The selection of the expanding symbol has been turned into a suspenseful moment as to whether we will unveil a +1 Pick symbol. The win potential of 5,000 times the bet is not to be neglected either. Disappointing is the rather low RTP, hence, the 3-star rating.